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Harry Jones

Full name: Harold Alfred "Harry" Jones
Gender: Male
Born: May 8, 1895 in Oakland, California, United States
Died: December 24, 1956 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Affiliations: Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, Vancouver (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Sailing

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Born in Oakland, California, Harry Jones moved to Vancouver, Canada at the age of two, where he attended school while his father, Henry, ran a fleet of tug boats. Jones returned to the United States to study at the University of Washington, but settled in British Columbia after graduation and entered the towing business. He joined the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club in 1919 and founded the Vancouver Tugboat Company in 1924, firmly establishing himself in the city’s martime culture. He soon became involved in yacht racing and joined several British Columbia and Washington sailing clubs, but his most important race came in 1932 as a member of the RVYC, when he was selected to represent Canada in the 8 metre class at that year’s Summer Olympics, alongside Ernest Cribb, Peter Gordon, George Gyles, Ronald Maitland, and Hubert Wallace. Despite losing all four races, the Canadians brought home a silver medal from the Games because the only other nation to enter the 8 metre tournament was the United States.

Jones served as Commodore of the RVYC in 1939 and again from 1944 through 1947. He was made an honorary life member in 1953. His business ventures were very successful and he was president of at least two major companies at the time of his death from a heart attack in 1956. The Vancouver Tugboat Company would eventually become a part of the Seaspan Marine Corporation, which now supports the Harold A. Jones Memorial Scholarship at the University of British Columbia.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 37 Los Angeles Sailing Mixed 8 metres Santa Maria CAN 2 Silver

Mixed 8 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date PTS T
1932 Summer 37 Los Angeles Sailing Santa Maria CAN Final Standings 1932-08-05 4
1932 Summer 37 Los Angeles Sailing Santa Maria CAN Race One 1932-08-05 1 2-08:35
1932 Summer 37 Los Angeles Sailing Santa Maria CAN Race Two 1932-08-06 1 2-19:35
1932 Summer 37 Los Angeles Sailing Santa Maria CAN Race Three 1932-08-07 1 2-06:35
1932 Summer 37 Los Angeles Sailing Santa Maria CAN Race Four 1932-08-08 1 2-26:29